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SBU customers to benefit from Focus on Energy programs

In a move that will provide local utility customers with increased access to statewide energy efficiency programs, Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) will officially participate in most aspects of Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative.

Effective January 1, 2008, customers of the local utility now have access to the Business, Residential and Renewable Energy offerings under the Focus on Energy umbrella. The efforts of Focus on Energy help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control the state's growing demand for energy.

“As energy costs rise and people become increasingly concerned about the environment, saving energy is one of the smartest and most cost-effective things we can do,” says Jim Stawicki, General Manager. “SBU has a longstanding history of aggressively pursuing energy efficiency. Our partnering with the Focus in Energy programs is the most recent example of our community-owned utility’s commitment in this area.”

The decision to opt in to the Focus on Energy programs was finalized at the December 2007 meeting of the Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI) Board of Directors. SBU is a member-owner of WPPI, a regional power supplier for 41 customer-owned electric utilities in Wisconsin. As a result of the decision, all of WPPI’s Wisconsin membership, including SBU, will participate in the Focus on Energy initiatives.

Stawicki says that the local utility’s participation in the Focus on Energy programs through WPPI brings added advantages to customers in Sturgeon Bay.

“Because we’re participating in Focus on Energy’s important and effective programs through our membership in WPPI, we will also still have the ability to supplement those programs locally, using our own Commitment to Community dollars,” Stawicki says. “We’re continuing to build on our own local successes while also leveraging the name recognition, market saturation and expertise that the Focus on Energy initiative has accomplished.”

About Sturgeon Bay Utilities: Established in 1904, SBU is the non-profit, municipal electric utility serving over 8000 homes and businesses in Sturgeon Bay. Through their public power utility, Sturgeon Bay residents and businesses have the hometown advantages of competitive rates, local decision-making, and a strong customer service ethic. SBU is committed to making Sturgeon Bay a better place to live and work.

About Focus on Energy: Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not get completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. For more information call (800) 762-7077 or visit focusonenergy.com .

About WPPI: WPPI is a regional power company serving 49 customer-owned electric utilities. Through WPPI, these public power utilities share resources and own generation facilities to provide reliable, affordable electricity to more than 190,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa.

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